dep·​re·​cate | \ ˈde-pri-ˌkāt How to pronounce deprecate (audio) \
deprecated; deprecating; deprecates

Definition of deprecate

transitive verb

1 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor
2a : play down : make little of speaks five languages … but deprecates this facilityTime
b : belittle, disparage the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelistsNew Yorker
3 : to withdraw official support for or discourage the use of (something, such as a software product) in favor of a newer or better alternative … the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company's developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you'll need to choose from one of two new apps.— Rhett Jones In the case of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is deprecating and removing more than 20 features.— Mauro Huculak
4a : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people— Tobias Smollett
b archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)

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Other Words from deprecate

deprecation \ ˌde-​pri-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce deprecation (audio) \ noun

Examples of deprecate in a Sentence

movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded
Recent Examples on the Web These languages aren’t deprecated in the technical sense, but their unexpectedly long lives have created problems with things like dates. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Oh Cool, the Y2K Bug Is Back," 7 Jan. 2020 But Coyne recalled a smiling, laughing, self-deprecating, brilliant friend. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Clelveland Catholic diocese Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated and interred at Cathedral of St. John," 5 Nov. 2019 Aware of her status as the new kid on the block, Singh is self-deprecating, leaning into her fangirl vibe rather than swapping tales of being at the same Hollywood shindig. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Lilly Singh’s Late-Night Challenge," 5 Oct. 2019 If nothing else, a host could read the room and self-deprecate as necessary. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: Emmy night proved two things: TV shows are great right now and some awards shows need a host," 23 Sep. 2019 If nothing else, a host could read the room and self-deprecate as necessary. Hank Stuever, The Denver Post, "Emmys proved two things: TV shows are great right now and some awards shows need a host," 22 Sep. 2019 When Fox News host Tucker Carlson took the stage at the National Conservatism Conference last Monday in Washington, his tone was self-deprecating yet triumphant. John Burtka Iv, Twin Cities, "John Burtka: Under Trump, a very different agenda for conservatives emerges," 25 July 2019 Probation, the judge said, would deprecate the seriousness of the crime. Clifford Ward,, "Former suburban convenience store clerk gets 2 years for hate crime. He shouted slurs at customers and slashed tires, authorities say.," 16 July 2019 Bendinger, who has a wide, toothy smile and a self-deprecating wit, emerges as the one in charge of sweet talking bored civil servants and aging racketeers into pointing her in the right direction. Margy Rochlin, Los Angeles Times, "Why a mafia wife’s story unearthed in ‘Mob Queens’ podcast is part of queer history too," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of deprecate

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for deprecate

Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deprecate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

formal : to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)

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